Situated close to the Essex border and the River Stour, this 15th-century inn overlooks the…
The Black Lion
“Stylish renovation with beautifully presented food” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Putting a modern twist on the traditional, The Black Lion is set in a picturesque village at the heart of Suffolk. Chef creates menus with a passion for regional produce, while also meeting diners' needs, from the plant-based, to the gluten free and the meat lovers. There are also ten individually styled bedrooms, some overlooking the green and others the cathedral, ranging from cosy snugs to a luxury suite and a family room with modern interior styling. Dog owners can take advantage of an overnight stay package called Muddy Paws, and there's also a special dog menu.
Facilities – at a glance
- Rooms 10
- Open all year
- Dinner Served
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About the area
Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.
Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.
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